Have you seen Dash and Lily on Netflix? It’s a rom-com miniseries. While a love story unfolds between the titular characters, the best part of the story might be the depiction of New York City at Christmastime. Today I am sharing a complete list of Dash and Lily NYC Filming Locations!
I’ve compiled a list of the real-life NYC places featured in Dash and Lily. One of the things that I loved most about the series is that they actually filmed in NYC. Holidate said it was Chicago… but filmed in Atlanta. Most of the Hallmark and Lifetime movies film in Canada and all the city settings look so generic. Filming in NYC gave this series a realness and personality that many holiday films lack.
The Dash and Lily New York City Guide
Many of these filming locations are in the East Village. When Lily pulls out a map marked with red dots… most are in the East Village.
Mild spoilers ahead.
This East Village bookstore boasts having “18 miles of books”. The Strand is where the story of Dash and Lily begins – and the store gets so much screentime that it’s practically a character.
If you are in the East Village, it is worth taking the time to stop by The Stand. It’s one of the most iconic bookstores in NYC and the staff has given me great book recommendations in the past.
Two Boots! You might remember this pizza place from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Back then, and back when I lived in NYC, Two Boots was part movie rental shop and part pizza place. Now, the focus is more on the pizza. Two Boots is known for uniquely named pizzas with creative topping combinations. For example, The Dude is a Cajun bacon cheeseburger pie with ground beef, andouille, tasso ham, cheddar, and mozzarella.
Two Boots has locations in the East Village, West Village, Williamsburg, and Park Slope. Dash and Lily filmed at the East Village location.
Macy’s Herald Square
Lily sends Dash here and dares him to steal Santa’s hat.
Washington Square Park
Another location where Lily’s caroling group sings.
Bethesda Terrace – Central Park
Lily sends Dash here to stand in silence next to her street performer cousin. To get to Bethesda Terrace, enter the park at 72nd Street and walk west.
Hot Dog Cart on 72nd and 2nd
Lily is instructed to go here and “ask for lots of white”. She is handed a pretzel absolutely covered in salt.
Grand Central Station
Dash sends Lily to Grand Central Station telling her to enjoy the heart of New York without the crush of people moments before the first train of the day.
Grand Central Station has stunning Beaux-Arts interior architecture and a large food hall with 35 restaurants. It’s worth checking out even if you don’t need to catch a train.
When I hear the words “cannoli” and “NYC” I instantly think of Ferrara Bakery in Little Italy. It’s known for its cannoli. Lily sends Dash here to have Christmas cookies and cannoli.
The Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park
This massive bronze statue is on the far east side of Central Park near 76th Street and 5th Avenue. Lily leaves the notebook there for Dash to find.
The Union Square Holiday Market
Lily joins friends to sing carols here. This photo is of a similar holiday market in Bryant Park.
Dash sends Lily to see the Challah Back Boys, a Jewish punk band, perform in the basement of this knishery.
Helen Uffner Vintage Clothing, LLC
The TDF scene was actually filmed at Helen Uffner Vintage Clothing, LLC in Long Island City, Queens. Dash and Boomer go here to try and use the red boot to track down info on Lily.
Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
This Brooklyn neighborhood earns the nickname “Dyker Lights” during the holiday season since residents go all out with decorating their homes with lights and holiday decorations. The “Nutcracker House” is located at 1152 84th Street. This is the home of Lucy Spata, the woman who started the Dyker Heights tradition of overly decorated homes during the holiday season. She first decorated her home in 1986 as a way of honoring her mother after she passed away. The display lights up on Thanksgiving and stays up until January 6th each year.
Ms. Basil E tells Lily a story about how she went to McSorely’s before they allowed women in. This is based on the fact that women weren’t allowed in McSorley’s until 1970. It was another 16 years before a women’s bathroom was installed.
McSorley’s is an institution and a fun place to grab a beer. They serve two types of beers, a light and a dark, and the floor is covered with sawdust. The thing that Dash and Lily got wrong about McSorley’s is that they don’t serve cocktails. They only serve their own brews of light and dark beer. Beer comes in pairs and is priced at $5.50.
Lily has Dash go to a mochi making class with a bunch of older women.
First Dog Run – Tompkins Square Park
As its name suggests, this is New York City’s first dog run. Lily goes here and feeds homemade dog treats to the dogs.
Edgar joins his father and his girlfriend for dinner at this restaurant with its distinctive Edward Sorel mural depicting Jazz Age icons.
Dash and Sofia go here, as does Lily, so that they can try pie with cheese on it. I think they are referring to apple pie with cheddar cheese but I am not positive.
Once the home of Pierpont Morgan, The Morgan Library & Museum holds a large collection of significant literary and musical works – including three Gutenberg Bibles. Equally impressive is the architecture of the space.
Village East Cinema
Dash buys tickets to see Collation at this movie theater on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lily’s brother gives her a box of cookies from this bakery with multiple Manhattan locations. And yes, the cookies really are worthy of all the hype.
Dash goes to Hudson Yards in order to talk to Boomer who is at a Jonas Brothers concert. I thought that the Jonas Brothers appearance in this movie was so random until I saw that Nick Jonas was one of Dash and Lily’s producers.
Lily’s family goes here on New Year’s Eve.
Dash sends Lily to this pop-up located at 15 West 116th Street (according to the sign on the door). I can’t find any info online, so I am guessing that it truly was a short-term pop-up. If you want to go break things, check out Break Bar – they have rage rooms where you can smash old electronics and household items.
I can’t figure out where they filmed the slam poetry scene. If you know, tell me!
Not mentioned in Dash and Lily, but worth a mention is Rolf’s. This is one of the Christmas-y-est places in Manhattan. Not only it is completely packed with ornaments and decorations… it stays decorated until the end of May!
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